Interested in running Android on your computer? Well, short of buying FXI's Cotton Candy, it seems that an open source project called Android-x86 is currently working on a means to get Android up and running on your laptop or PC. It seems that so far so good, as the developers behind the project have successfully managed to load up Android Honeycomb 3.2 on various netbooks and laptops.
Last week, Intel announced that it had added x86 optimizations to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, but the text of the announcement and included quotes were vague and a bit contradictory given the open nature of Android development. After discussing the topic with Intel we've compiled a laundry list of the company's work in Gingerbread and ICS thus far, and offered a few of our own thoughts on what to expect in 2012 as far as x86-powered smartphones and tablets are concerned.
For a few months now, I’ve been working on a small application called Cub Tracker which is designed to help Cub Scout den and pack leaders track the progress of the scouts assigned them. I’m a big fan of testing, so I’ve done my best to follow TDD as I’ve worked on the app. Early on, it became clear that I needed a better way to test, as the official Android app is slow and unreliable at times.
We discovered this little gem hidden deep within the recesses of the show floor at IDF 2011. It's none other than Opera Mobile running on a Honeycomb tablet -- not just any tablet, mind you, but Intel's Oak Trail-powered (Atom Z670) Green Ridge device. That's right, you're looking at Opera's web browser, compiled using the latest Android NDK and running natively on top of Android x86. First impressions?
Intel and Google announced on Tuesday that they would partner to optimize future versions of the Android OS for smartphones and other mobile devices using Intel chips. Intel CEO Paul Otellini demonstrated a smartphone with the upcoming Medfield chip running on Android during a keynote at the Intel Developer Conference being held in San Francisco. However, Otellini didn't mention the version of Android running on the smartphone.
It's no secret how badly Intel wants in on the mobile computing market. The silicon manufacturer has been hard at work developing the technology inside emerging Ultrabooks, as well as putting their weight behind the tablet and smartphone OS MeeGo. Unfortunately for Intel, the effort behind MeeGo likely won't amount to much. Nokia has ditched the OS, leaving Intel with quite the conundrum.
Android X86 is a project that ports the open-source version of the Android mobile operating system for computers and tablets; the "X86' refers to a 32-bit X86 processor. This project is small and unaffiliated with the official Android system. The system doesn't have traditional system requirements, as with a standard operating system, but rather a list of tested systems. When installing Android X86, choose a release that best matches your computer.
For sure, I’m a bit curious about this Android. That’s why I want to try and look and feel the real environment of this being popular open source mobile operating system. After a quick googling, I landed to the Android x86 project page. They aim to port the Android to be usable and runnable on x86 platform; PC, netbook, notebook, etc.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--A developer in Taiwan has been making internet waves with his new but unauthorized release of a Google Android Ice Cream source code for x86 devices, aimed specifically at PCs. Chih-Wei Huang runs the Android-x86 group, which is not part of Google's official Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Instead, Huang's initiative is being funded and supported by Intel Corp's chip rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD).
This video provides an overview of Intel® Embedded Development Board 1-N450 (devboard) and shows how one can install or run Android-x86*on devboard. Find the related step-by-step Android and other operating system installation guides at Development Board Software page.
Since Android-x86 2.2 was officially released a few days ago, I figured I'd provide a quick rundown of how to get it up and running in VirtualBox. All in all, it is pretty straightforward. Download, install, download, install. But if you've never installed a Linux based system before, some of the steps will look quite foreign. Plenty of screenshots will help with that!
Would you like to try out Google's Android OS on your netbook or desktop? Here's how you can run Android from a flash drive and see how fast Android can run on real hardware!